Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Nevernight
Author: 
Jay Kristoff
Series Name: The Nevernight Chronicles
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: July 25th, 2016
Pages: 427 (Paperback)
Publishers: Harper Voyager
Rating:
3 and a half star

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Destined to destroy empires Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in the shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows loves her. And they drink her fear.

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Just something I want to say before getting into this review. Alot of people have said that this book is a YA book and I do not agree with this. Some people do say it is Adult, but most say it is YA. Considering that there is 2 very detailed sex scenes and MANY detailed death scenes as well I do not think that this is YA because of that. Yes our main character is a 17 year old but that isn’t enough to purely call this YA. Anyway moving on!


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I really like the cover of this book. I don’t fully understand the bird on the cover but I get all the little illustrations within the bird that are shown. I also like that the front cover has one of the suns, the spine has another and the back has the last one. I think that is a cool idea! I also like the quote on the front that comes up in the book a few times!

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The writing was pretty good, it was easy to understand majority of the time. I like that sometimes Jay talks directly to the reader through the text, it adds something interesting. But my favourite thing is the foot notes! They give extra info and some of them are really funny too haha.

One thing that annoyed and confused me at the start was that this book swaps back and forth from the past and the present. The present is in normal text and the past in italics, so you can tell the difference. So that it swaps back and forward annoyed me but at first I didn’t know what was going on because there is nothing to say ‘this is the past!!’ and at first I thought we were following two different people and  it took a chapter or two for some in the book to acknowledge that both sections were from the point of view of Mia.

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I enjoyed this plot but it wasn’t amazing. I liked the idea and the world but it didn’t wow me. Thats the main reason I didn’t give it a higher rating. I don’t know why exactly I didn’t love it, I just didn’t. So I honestly don’t have that much to say about it.

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Mia was an enjoyable character and I liked her personality and her choices throughout the book. Tric was a interesting character and I liked learning about his past. Ash, I liked at the start but….. Moving on from her so I don’t spoil anything. Carlotta was an interesting character too and I enjoyed her. Hush I was iffy with from the start and I kinda suspected something from the start but it turns out I was wrong about that one! Jess I disliked from the start, I like that right at the end she put aside her hate to help everyone, but besides that I didn’t like her. Osrik just seemed kinda like a puppy dog to me, following whatever Jess said haha. This next bit is spoilery, but I can’t write it anyway that isn’t spoilery, so the spoiler part is in purple text. So Mia basically killed Osrik and I didn’t get that at first until it shows that Mia planned to actually kill Jess out of revenge for her killing Letti but that just didn’t go as planned, so that was kinda alright I guess.  It did kinda annoy me that after Mia finds out that it actually wasn’t Jess or Osrik that killed Letti that there wasn’t even a second thought to the fact that she killed Osrik without any reason. Yet when she came to killing an innocent and refused there was such a big deal about it. I just felt like it should have at least been mentioned. 

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So overall I enjoyed this but didn’t love it. I had a few issues with it and that is why I only gave it a 3 and a half star rating. I will consider reading Godsgrave, the second book, when it comes out but it’s not high on my radar.


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May A YearAThon TBR & Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon Info

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So I have 2 ReadAThons coming up  very soon. The Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon & the A Year A Thon. I won’t be making a specific TBR for the Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon as there is no challenges, so I will just read whatever I’m up to when it starts and read as much as I can.


I’m posting this TBR now rather than just before the ReadAThon starts because the Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon ends at 10pm on the 30th and the A YearAThon starts 2 hours later at midnight. I will also be writing my blog post for the 30th today which will be a Tag Sunday so that way I won’t have to worry about it on that day. In the 2 hours between Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon and the A YearAThon I will post my wrap up for Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon.

So the May A Year A Thon starts on the 1st and ends on the 7th. The monthly theme is Rereads and the challenge is to read books over 400 pages. I won’t be rereading any books as I want to concentrate on new books more than rereading books.

So onto the books on my TBR. This isn’t a specific TBR, it will more be options of books with 400+ pages that I own or have on eBook.


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Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

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Pages: 468

I have just received an email saying that I was approved to get a copy of Carve the Mark through NetGalley. So I will be starting this book next, I don’t know whether that will be before or during the A YearAThon.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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Pages: 456

I have a copy of this book on Scribd.

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

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Pages: 416

I received this book in a The YA Chronicles Subscription box last year and have been meaning to read it ever since. It sounds really interesting and this ReadAThon might be the reason I finally get to it.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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Pages: 429

I bought this ages ago and have been meaning to get to it but just haven’t got around to it yet! I also really want to read something that is written by only Jay Kristoff to see if I like her writing as in Illuminae & Gemina it is hard to tell.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Pages: 407

I have this and the next book coming in the mail from Book Depository so it will partly depend on whether they arrive in time. But this book just sounds so interesting and there is so much hype, I’m so excited to get to it!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Pages: 444

This sounds like such an important book to read at the moment. Granted being Australian this isn’t something that is directly affecting me, but I still really want to read it.


Well that are some of the books that are options for books over 400 pages that I could read from the ReadAThon. I will definitely be reading Carve The Mark after I finish Shadow and Bone. But it will depend on how long it takes me to read Shadow and Bone whether I will be reading it before or during the ReadAThon. If Caraval & The Hate U Give arrive in time they will most likely be the ones I’m most likely to pick up. If they don’t arrive in time then The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer & Nevernight will be highest on my list.

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